Greenhouses forum: Screen for louvered window?

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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
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Shadegardener
May 4, 2016 7:56 AM CST
I have a louvered vent window close to the ground in one wall of my small greenhouse. It's become an entrance point for mice and shrews during the winter and for chipmunks once the weather turns warmer. I can set traps for the mice and shrews but the chipmunks - not so much. I had to remove plants under lights on a lower shelf because the chipmunks were coming in to sample the "salad buffet". Any ideas/plans for constructing a screen to place on the outside of the GH wall?
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
May 4, 2016 1:37 PM CST
How about extending the shade cloth to the base of the greenhouse, Cindy? I guess critters could eat right through that cloth so in that case you could surround the base, perhaps a foot up depending on the size of the vent-window, with thick, small mesh chicken wire or similar wire mesh.
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
May 4, 2016 2:50 PM CST
Thanks for the suggestions! I don't use shade cloth in the GH until late spring/early summer as I'm trying to get as much light in there after a dreary, cloudy winter. I did have a chipmunk earlier this spring dig from the outside, under a 6x6 composite timber and up through the gravel in the GH. First time ever. I was thinking of constructing some type of frame to cover with 1/4" hardware cloth that would fit tight over the window on the outside and just leave it up year-round.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
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drdawg
May 4, 2016 3:20 PM CST
You could put down either #2 or #3 mesh hardware cloth on the subfloor (ground?) so that nothing could tunnel in from the outside. And the same could be used over any vents that the critters are getting through.
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
May 4, 2016 3:24 PM CST
I can definitely lay down some mesh under the gravel on the inside (once the GH is empty for the summer) but constructing a frame for the louver has me stumped.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
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drdawg
May 4, 2016 3:30 PM CST
You could build a frame out of 1/2x1" or 1x1" wood or some type of plastic molding, all of which should be found at a Lowe's or Home Depot.
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If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
May 5, 2016 7:37 AM CST
Thanks for the material suggestions!

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